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Greece Sends Military Aid to Ukraine

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Greece sends two C-130 transport aircraft loaded with defense equipment for Ukraine. Credit: Simon Boddy,  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 

Greece will dispatch military aid to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia it was decided on Sunday during a meeting held by Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and defense officials.

The government announced that it sends to Poland two C-130 transport aircraft loaded with military aid for Ukraine that will depart from Greece on Sunday.

Portable rocket launchers, ammunition and Kalashnikov rifles will be aboard the two C130’s.

A separate shipment of humanitarian aid was also to be sent the same day, accompanied by deputy defense Minister Nikos Hardalias.

The decision follows the Russian advance in Ukraine and the killing of at least 10 ethnic Greeks near the city of Mariupol on Saturday by Russian fire.

Greece supports Ukraine, condemns Russian attack

Greece condemned the “unprecedented” Russian attack on Ukraine which threatens stability in Europe,  Mitsotakis said just hours after President Putin unleashed Russia’s military might on Ukraine.

At an emergency meeting of the National Foreign Affair and Defense Council (KYSEA) in Athens reiterated that Greece will coordinate with the European Union and NATO for a response that will be “proportional to the unprecedented Russian provocation.”

“As a matter of principle, Greece respects the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of all countries. It therefore unequivocally condemns revisionist actions that run counter to these values,” Mitsotakis said.

This is a developing story

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